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Thomas R. DiLuglio ’53
Hometown: Providence, RI
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2004
Tom DiLuglio was one of the most versatile track athletes in Brown history, competing in the high jump, broad jump, javelin, discus, shot put, hurdles as well as relays. Like most athletes, DiLuglio had a specialty and for him it was the high jump.
In 1951, DiLuglio won the Indoor High Jump Heptagonal title, tying for first with a leap of 6’3 7/8”. The mark set an Ivy League record. At the Washington Star Meet in 1951, DiLuglio jumped a meet record 6’7”, placing first against some of the toughest competition in the nation. He went on to become a repeat winner at the Washington Meet, winning the high jump event again in 1952.
He led Brown in scoring in 1951, including two first place and three second place finishes in a meet with Holy Cross. “DiLug” as he was often called, captured several New England AAU Titles in the high jump as well, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor titles as a sophomore and junior in 1951 and 1952. He also took the broad jump title in 1952.
The Classical High School graduate was well on his way to becoming one of the nation’s top high jumpers until his career was cut short due to a serious back problem. When competing for the N.Y.A.C. Olympic Trial Team, DiLuglio won a major New York event at Madison Square Garden, but was unable to participate in a meet in Philadelphia the next night due to condition that later required back surgery.
DiLuglio graduated from Brown in 1953 and went on to earn a law degree from the Boston University School of Law. In addition to becoming a prosecutor and defense attorney, he engaged in numerous business pursuits, including owning and operating a restaurant and nursing homes. DiLuglio was also President of Cinema 8 Corporation in New York, NY and represented Columbia Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
In 1976, DiLuglio was elected Lt. Governor of Rhode Island and served two terms. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee of the Humanities. In addition, he was a member of the RI Convention Center Authority, overseeing the construction and dedication of the Convention Center and The Westin Hotel.
Tom was the founding president of the RI Chapter of the National Association for Alzheimer’s Disease and a founding incorporator of the Women’s Center, an organization that provides shelter for battered women. In 2003, DiLuglio served briefly as the Commissioner of Public Safety in Providence.
DiLuglio currently resides in Jupiter, FL and Saunderstown, RI with his wife, Ann.